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2014 Mazda6 pairs good looks with impressive fuel economy

Mazda may be known for "Zoom-Zoom", but the company's midsize sedan offering has never been a big sales success in the U.S. market. However, Mazda is looking to make its Mazda6 a credible player in a market dominated by the Camry/Accord/Altima/Fusion/Sonata.
 
The first key to catching the attention from buyers is with its more dramatic styling. While the midsize sedan category is known for its boring designs, entries like the 2011 Hyundai Sonata and 2011 Kia Optima showed that you don't have to be stuck driving a boring box. More recently, Ford wowed customers with its Aston Martin-esque 2013 Fusion. The Mazda6 too brings its own design flair to the segment with eye-catching curves and creases. The huge grille may not be for everyone, but it seems to "work" on the Mazda6.
 
Mazda is also looking to attract buyers with its thrifty 2.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine. Rated at 184hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, the engine definitely won't make the Mazda6 a road rocket by any means, but it should have no trouble getting out of its own way. More importantly, however, the engine is rated a 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway (29 mpg combined) with a 6-speed manual transmission (yay for manuals). However, if you step up to the 6-speed automatic, the numbers jump to an even more impressive 26 mpg city and 38 mpg highway (30 mpg combined).

 
And Mazda will also take a page from Volkswagen's playbook during the second half of 2013: it will offer a diesel engine in the Mazda6. The 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D will find its way to the Mazda6, offering up an alternative to the hybrid powertrains that are typically made available in this vehicle class. There is no word yet on what the EPA numbers will be for the diesel, but rest assured that they will likely surpass the already impressive numbers available for the gasoline version of the Mazda6.

Source: Mazda



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RE: Is this really news in the US?
By Spuke on 1/4/2013 1:20:49 PM , Rating: 2
C'mon, the new Mini is not that bad. It's really a fun car to drive. Although if I was looking at a cheap, great handling car I'd get a Chevy Cobalt SS with the 2.0L turbo engine (NOT the supercharged one). Car and Driver called it the best handling FWD car and its lap times in their Lightning Lap articles back up that statement.


RE: Is this really news in the US?
By BZDTemp on 1/4/2013 4:17:15 PM , Rating: 3
The "Mini" handles rather well but nothing like a go kart. It is simply as a cynical exploitation of the legacy of what was originally a cheap but brilliant car.

The original Mini is a model of clever packaging and cheap motoring fun for the masses and it really was small. In contrast the BMW Mini is neither especially clever or cheap it is simply a marketing ploy taking advantage of the love for the original Mini. It's just like the remake of the Beetle which made the original car of the people into a fashion accessory with style over substance.


RE: Is this really news in the US?
By 91TTZ on 1/4/2013 4:58:40 PM , Rating: 2
Please explain what was "brilliant" about the Mini. It seems that term is just loosely thrown around nowadays.


RE: Is this really news in the US?
By Spuke on 1/4/2013 5:48:03 PM , Rating: 2
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Please explain what was "brilliant" about the Mini. It seems that term is just loosely thrown around nowadays.
Just like the phrase "drivers car".


By BZDTemp on 1/5/2013 9:40:28 AM , Rating: 2
Lots. You need to remember the Moris Mini is from over half a decade ago so compared to modern cars it is of course primitive.

The original mini was build to be cheap, compact and efficient in both construction and use. They mounted the engine transversal in the front and gave it front wheel drive and packaged everything very compact by for example using rubber pieces rather than springs to save space. A bonus to the packaging and efficient use of material meant the cheap car had, for it's time, decent power to weight ratio and with wheels literally in the corners and low weight the car had fun and safe handling.

Almost every compact car since the Moris Mini has used FWD with a transversal engine mount.


By Lord 666 on 1/5/2013 12:32:04 AM , Rating: 1
During a trip to London, was loaned a modern Mini to drive around. Being my first time driving on the opposite side, the most challenging part was circles/roundabouts. The Mini handled hitting curbs and shit like a slot car and without any real damage. Definitely earned my respect as a city car.


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